Memento – The Force Field of Memories
© Lucy Powell
Foto: Henrik Strömberg


17. October 2020 – 28. February 2021

Opening: 16. October 2020 | 7:30 pm


The Force Field of Memories

An exhibition on individual forms of remembering and commemoration

The Museum of Sepulchral Culture, Kassel dedicates the exhibition MEMENTO – The Force Field of Memories to individual forms of remembrance and commemoration through a selection of international contemporary artworks and cultural-historical testimonies. The title refers to the simultaneously attractive and repellent effect of memories of people and experiences that have been lost to the current of time. The attraction of thoughts of the past and of images of memory, which, due to their painful psychological and emotional potentials, can often be accompanied by inner defence mechanisms, makes people leave their present ­– the here and now. This can be an escape from current situations in life, but in the context of grief work it can offer the key to returning to a conscious and present life after experiencing a severe loss.

Following the exhibition LAMENTO – Mourning and Tears (11/2019 – 03/2020), which explored the phenomenon of crying and the immediate affects and emotions triggered by the death of a close person, at the Museum of Sepulchral Culture, Kassel, the exhibition MEMENTO – The Force Field of Memories (10/2020 – 02/2021) will deal with various forms of individual remembrance and commemoration of the deceased.


Dr. Dirk Pörschmann / Ella Ziegler

IN THE WAKE OF A DEADAD, Andrew Kötting, 2006
British artist Andrew Kötting takes two 4-meter-high inflatable figures depicting his late father and grandfather on a trip around the world, visiting places that were important to his family. Foto: Leila Badblood
© Andrew Kötting

Memorabilia – Things that sustain us

In the context of KW 36 – Kasseler Woche der Museen

Tuesday, 01.09. to Sunday, 06.09.2020

Opening hours: Tues – Sa from 3 – 7 pm | Sun 11 am – 3 pm

Tuesday to Saturday, always from 4 – 6 pm

When a person dies, the relatives are left in mourning. Nothing is as it was, and everything reminds of the loved one. In his or her eternal absence, his or her current presence becomes most important. Pain and grief become part of the new life, which is now changing, through various strategies or rituals. Even simple everyday objects can be helpful in coping with loss. A father's pocket-knife, which constantly accompanies the son, a watch, jewellery or selected clothes can provide comfort and preserve the memory of a loved one in a special way. Everything is conceivable here.

We would like to encourage our visitors in during this year's Museums Week to provide such an object, which has given strength, for the exhibition "MEMENTO". We would like to present these things together with statements and anecdotes. For this purpose we would like to conduct short video interviews during week 36, for which interested parties are very welcome to contact us in advance.


Dr. Ulrike Neurath

Position: Custodian

Telefon: 0561 / 918 93 20

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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur

Museum für Sepulkralkultur

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D-34117 Kassel | Germany
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